For spring and summer nail colors, our brains go right to pastels and bold brights—rightly so, as those are warm-weather classics. For winter, we have a different color scheme in mind as it's a little less traditional and a bit more opulent for the season. We're painting our nails a rich and luxurious combination of black and gold. It's a classically chic look that we've been seeing all over Instagram and at the salon. Think of it as a much-needed change as the temperatures drop and the holidays approach.
Take a scroll through some fantastic designs, each one different from the last, as we've curated a collection that ranges from ornate and complex to simple and minimalist. There's truly something for everyone. Find our favorite picks below.
Abstract with Gold Studs
Delicate black wire nails paired with a single studded gold accent nail are perfect for people who crave something unexpected and unique.
All you need for this look is a star accent. And a gorgeous black French tip, of course.
Red flames take a backseat with these gold fiery digits.
Black and Glitter Color Block
We love color-blocking with shiny black and sparkly gold—it makes for an architectural and modern look. Try using a polish like Ella + Mila Elite Collection in Drippin' Gold ($11).
This minimalist design is chic and easy to replicate. Go for a bold black base like Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Black Out ($3) then add a small cube at the top of each nail.
Matte and Gold Flakes
For a fun play on texture, this elegant matte base looks sleek against contrasting gold flakes.
Black tips add an edge to your standard French mani. Coupled with gold curves across each nail, this surely isn't your typical fare.
Black and Gold Celestial
By now you should know two things. We love minimal designs and an innovative twist. This mani is divine with a solid black base and a shower of gold dots to enhance.
We can't help but refer to these nails as "tuxedo nails" thanks to the contrasting shapes and polished finish.
Disco Black and Gold Waves
These disco-esque nails were created using a gold OPI polish called Mirror Escape ($4), from the brand's Alice Through the Looking Glass collection. Perfect for a Saturday night out, they give us Jerry Hall circa 1978 vibes.
Certainly glamorous, these charcoal tips get an upgrade with gold stripes. We'll wear this elegant design on any occasion.
Yet another delicately accessorized nail design from one of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow, @nail_unistella.
It's all in the details: gold nail jewels, gold chevron, and a rose gold accent nail.
Go for all black with a minimal accent nail for a striking effect.
A little cheeky, these silhouettes incorporate gold stars for a pointed censor.
We can't decide if these nails remind us of Mickey Mouse or some dystopian novel we read? Either way, we love the graphic design.
Pair black polish with gold foil to create a 3D effect for a super-extravagant manicure.
Step outside the box with this creative black and gold freestyle design. Add a contrast nail by accessorizing with gold wire.
This one's good for anyone with super-short nails. Break up a plain black base with a vertical gold stripe, adding a dash of elegance and lengthening the appearance of the nail.
A Twist on Plaid Perfection
This one is for anyone who doesn't love bold black nails. Do as @oliveandjune did and flip the script by wearing a white base. Then, accent it with linear black patterning and gold detailing.
Black and Gold Cuticle
This inverted French manicure incorporates a black and gold pattern modeled after fabulous Chanel earrings. It's minimalistic and elegant.
Tiny Leopard Print
Fierce golden leopard print lines the edges of this delicate design. Add golden accessories on an accent nail for variation.
Add a fun twist to your mani with a dipped gold glitter finish.
Simple accent details give this shiny base a golden touch.
Sensing a theme? Outline a few stick-on gold stars for an out-of-this-world manicure.
Geometric Black and Gold
Incorporate white and nude polish into the mix, adding back and gold accents for a standout manicure.
Half Moon and Gold Accents
This half-moon design gets an upgrade with a quick horizontal golden line dashed across the center, incorporating two minimalistic looks into one.
The inky black base has unique, abstract gold foil accents, essentially creating a tiny piece of art on each nail.
Art Deco Mani
Positively art-deco, this manicure is easy to recreate. Try using a detailing brush to paint the stripes for a vintage design that's party-ready.
Gold Glitter Stripe
Manicures like this one look simple, but it takes a really steady hand to paint such gold glitter within the black lines.